When Silence Is Golden follows the film’s director in her quest to lift the silence on the gold mining activities of a Canadian mining company near Dumasi in Western Ghana. Through her journey, we meet the inhabitants of this town who, despite efforts by the government to silence them, cannot hide their anger and are eager to express their grievances.
In seeking to explain this complex situation, the film comes face to face with the human rights implications of gold mining operations in Africa—intimidation by soldiers policing the towns to suppress growing tensions, severe contamination of water sources and the possible resettlement of these communities.
This is a film about the struggles of ordinary people who want their voices to be heard; a portrait of a battle that many may consider as already lost.
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